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Night search for missing Sandwich woman successful

Woman, vehicle recovered near Buffalo State Park

A Sandwich woman reported missing and possibly at Buffalo Rock State Park was located by authorities at the park Wednesday night.

At approximately 8:47 p.m. Wednesday, La Salle County Sheriff’s deputies were notified by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s office of a missing person from the Sandwich area who was possibly at Buffalo Rock State Park.

Shortly thereafter, deputies were contacted by the Sandwich Police Department in regard to the missing person, who stated the 57-year-old female had made suicidal comments to friends in the early morning hours of July 29. Sandwich Police began an investigation at that time, and notified La Salle County of an electronic signal location of the missing woman’s phone in the area of Buffalo Rock State Park.

At 9:20 p.m., deputies located the missing woman’s vehicle in the Buffalo Rock parking lot. The vehicle was unoccupied and locked, but deputies observed blood and an empty knife sheath in the vehicle.

EMS, Ottawa Fire Department, Utica Fire Department, Peru Police, Ottawa Police, Marseilles Police and Wallace Fire Department arrived, and a search was conducted with canine and drone support.

At approximately 11:45 p.m., a ground unit found the missing woman, and EMS responded to the location. The female was treated at that location and taken to a waiting ambulance, which transported her to OSF St. Elizabeth in Ottawa for further treatment.

“The successful search and recovery operation tonight is another example of the commitment of area emergency services to work together in the Illinois Valley,” La Salle County Sheriff Tom Templeton said in a press release. “It was gratifying to be at the scene and see first-hand the professionalism and dedication shown by these agencies as they worked tirelessly into the night to successfully find and recover this lady.”

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